GoT Finale – how do you feel?
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If you haven’t heard, Game of Thrones aired its last ever episode on May 20, wrapping up an epic nine-year, eight-season journey.
There was a lot of buzz leading up to the show’s final season, which began airing on April 14, to the point that perhaps no other television series received the amount of hype as the HBO hit did.
However, before the final episode of the final season, to say that the highly anticipated six-episode season had shaped out to be less-than-desirable would be an understatement.
Nonetheless there was still hope for the season because a good ending can make up for a lot.
But, to the dismay of many, instead of making up for a weak first five episodes, the last episode, epitomized the season more than anything: underwhelming, questionable writing and direction with some good sprinkled in.
Reactions have been mixed, at best, with the series finale drawing the ire of the majority of the fans.
Rotten Tomatoes isn’t the be all end all, but when 52% of the audience dislikes the last episode, it’s not promising.
The audience score for the entire season sits at a paltry 36% from 9,288 audience users, with the average rating coming out to a 2.5/5, so it’s fair to say that there is clearly some negativity surrounding the show.
“It’s almost like they all got in a room and said to themselves, “What’s the worst possible way we can end this?”. Then they put that on TV. #GameOfThronesFinale” said Twitter user @tadamson_13.
People were so dissatisfied that a petition to remake season 8 was created, and it has received over 1.3 million signatures. Criticisms ranged from the wasted character development of Daenerys Targaryen to the handling of Jon Snow and Arya Stark’s characters, to Bran Stark getting the Iron Throne, to pacing issues (mostly rushed), to illogical plot holes to further the story.
Regarding Daenerys, her quick transition to the “Mad Queen” angered many. The show had slowly been building up to it, but the writers forcefully rushed her to her tipping point in season 8.
Jon Snow’s identity as the rightful heir to the Throne, which was probably the biggest reveal in the show was virtually swept under the rug and played no importance at all. And that was just one of many problems with his character.
Fans believe that Arya Stark did not get enough credit for defeating the Night King in the battle with the White Walkers. Speaking of which, for a war that was hyped up to be so significant, it had an anti-climactic ending.
And of course, Bran Stark being the choice for the Iron Throne.
Objectively speaking, why he was chosen was rather weak because if we were judging off the rubric by which Bran was elected, there were at least three of four characters worthier than he.
Not to mention, he did not play an enormous role in the show and made statements just a few episodes before which were in sharp contradiction to him accepting the Throne.
But while these are all valid criticisms, storytelling and television is ultimately an art, and all artwork is subjective.
Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) all clapped back at the backlash, even ridiculing the petition for a season 8 remake.
Regardless of the negativity, it is still a sad time for fans, as the show is officially ended. In the U.K., social network Bank.com, is offering “‘a specialized Game of Thrones counseling service’ that promises to ‘help bereft fans seek support and get the help they need through this tough time.’”
Now it’s on to find the “next Game of Thrones.” Maybe it will be one of HBO’s new upcoming series in Watchmen, His Dark Materials, or Euphoria. Perhaps something else on another network. Or possibly, it’s already out there, in the form of Westworld. You can read more about this story on Glamour.
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GoT Finale – how do you feel?